4:22 p.m.: Hamas officially (and with great panache) rejected a temporary ceasefire, which had been reported earlier as a three-day truce to be announced by the Palestinian Authority. As Haaretz reported:
The head of Hamas’ military wing, Mohammed Deif, told Hamas television that “there won’t be a cease fire without the end of [Israeli] hostility and the lifting of the blockade.” Hamas “will not accept interim solutions,” he said.
Deif turned to the residents of the Gaza and praised them for their “resilience.” Deif said: “Without your support we would not have reached results. We won’t accept interim solutions, and Israel must know that it send its troops to hell.”
The extent to which Gazans are supportive remains a matter of debate. There were also reports that Hamas executed 20 Palestinians who protested against the war. That figure may or may not be part of a total of 30 Palestinians were said to have been killed by Hamas for “collaborating” with Israel.
Meanwhile, intense Israeli shelling reportedly knocked Gaza’s only power station out of commission earlier today, leaving 1.7 million citizens in the dark. Also, the Gaza Health Ministry announced that the Palestinian death toll in the three weeks of fighting has eclipsed 1200, although it’s unclear how many of those 1200 are Hamas fighters.
That toll continues to rise with news that an IDF bombardment struck Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza, killing at least nine people. In related news, Chile and Peru announced they have summoned their ambassadors to Israel over the ongoing conflict.
9:45 a.m.: “Not so fast,” sayeth Hamas. From Avi Issacharoff:
Hamas is expressing willingness for a 24-hour truce, but doesn’t know when it would begin, if at all, and is reluctant to make a public statement to that effect. In the meantime, its spokespeople have rejected PA claims that a truce has been declared.
Khaled Mashaal, Hamas’s politburo chief in Qatar, has announced that Hamas is ready for a 24-hour truce. This message was transmitted to Israel.